Summerland Approves Construction of Townhouse Complex – Summerland Review
A development permit has been issued for the construction of 10 townhouses, with a total of 40 units, on vacant land on Jubilee Road East in Summerland.
At a July 11 meeting, Summerland Council approved the plan at 8709 Jubilee Road East.
The plan adds 40 residential units close to the downtown community. The buildings will be arranged in two rows and each unit will have a private garage for two cars. The land has an area of 5,018 square meters.
The Official Community Plan designation is High Density Residential and the Zoning designation is High Density Residential.
At its June meeting, the Summerland Planning Advisory Board passed a resolution recommending that Summerland Council approve the plan.
The site has been considered for other housing developments in the past.
The property was formerly the site of the Summerland RCMP Detachment, before the current detachment building opened in 2012.
Later that year, after the new police detachment opened, Summerland Council considered a plan to allow 14 small houses on the property.
Most recently, in 2021, Summerland Council passed by-laws to amend the property’s zoning and Official Community Plan to allow for the construction of a multi-family affordable housing development. However, the development proposed at the time, a five-storey, 60-unit residential development, did not receive council approval.
At that time, residents near the site expressed concerns about road safety and parking, recommending that a smaller development be built instead.
Ownership of the property has since changed and the current owner was not involved in the 2021 proposal.
During discussion at a July 11 meeting, the board. Erin Trainer said the site would be good for families, but added sidewalk improvements would be needed.
Com. Doug Patan said the current proposal is less intrusive than the 60-unit design envisioned in 2021.
Com. Richard Barkwill said many plans have been proposed for the site.
“It amazes me that it took so long for the old police station site to be developed,” he said. “I hope that’s the one that passes.”
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